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Suicidal thoughts?

How do you cope when youre suffering from suicidal thoughts?

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Change your thoughts

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It’s not that easy. If it were, no one would be suicidal. Most of the times demons speak louder than the angels within us

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I agree. A lot of tender loving care is required to defeat the demons. People need to care more and empathise to not make people feel so useless all the time as it is comments like the original reply, that cause people to feel like this. It is like saying, “Go jump in the deep end of a swimming pool and learn to swim”. That is not fair at all, pretty mean and closed-minded if I may say. My heart goes out to anyone feeling like this because I feel it often too. Lots of real life hugs if my arms reached long enough. x

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Well said x

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Who said it would be easy ? Haven't you noticed yet that nothing on here is easy. Read over some of the posts and you will see so many courageous people trying to get better and at the same time trying to help others. You can do this too. Forget the demon crap, I'm serious. You are the only one responsible for your own thoughts. Now that I've been harsh to you I'm hoping you can take it. Pam

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I was replying to the person that said “change your thoughts. That is not helpful. That makes me feel useless tbh. Because it’s not that easy to just change the way you think after years of dealing with these thoughts. It’s not really “crap” when it explains exactly what I feel @sweetiepye

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You do have control over your thoughts. I have had your experience and I know to get better you have to face the things that are bothering you. I could give you all the easy nice things to hear ,but that would not help you.. You should not feel useless because someone suggested you change your thoughts. Why do you think you do ?The reference to demons being crap is because once you start thinking in those terms you turn over all responsibility for yourself to something that doesn't exists.Pam

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Back to my original point. If it were that easy to have control over our thoughts, no one would be suicidal. But we are, so clearly it is hard to gain control over your thoughts. And if you have been through the experience, you should also know how hard it is to get up and do anything. So facing problems is a challenge, especially when you try to face the problems and it fails. Leaving you demotivated. And useless. Because we try and fail. So the thoughts come back for “what’s the point? Why am I bothering?”

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My point is that it is not easy. You try and if you fail, you try again. That doesn't make you useless, you get a little stronger each time.

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Some people do not actually have control over their thoughts though. Especially if you have something like OCD, and need help to control these thoughts. If people no longer have control they get sectioned to protect themselves as well as everyone else.

Saying “demons is crap” is no different than saying “god is crap” and is quite offensive to people who like to, or can only explain things in a spiritual context.

Now I am not going to say your reply is wrong because it is not. It is real, to the point, and correct, but the way you and some others deliver that point is completely wrong and a more compassionate, caring and subtle response is required or you are simply going to make people feel much worse whatever you say. I think you are being unfair and close minded too as a result simply based on how you delivered your response.

I wish people would find some patience to understand that and try to show that they empathise with the affected persons feelings and if one is not able to do that, then they should not reply as some people need a hand to hold and guide them, not just a solution.

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I would prefer a solution any day over having my hand held. You can learn to control your thoughts which is necessary for mental health. As for demons, I think you are really stretching to find fault.

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Changing thoughts: I HAVE had experience (other people) and depression causes some people to have powerful extreme feelings of hopelessness and despair. 'Unbearable' is the key word.

So unless you're one of the lucky and staunch ones, this doesn't help persons who fully experience the above.

There are support groups - DBSA, but I think it's in America.

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What do you think therapist and support groups are trying to do? Help you to change your thoughts perhaps? You have no idea what I've been through and comparing degrees of mental side effects is odious . I am now changing my thoughts and will let this thread go. Pam

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Bye bye...

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So essentially do you believe antidepressants shouldnt be prescribed? Because we should just face whats bothering us and control our thoughts?

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How did you come to that conclusion? I'm afraid it's a little more complicated than that. Did you actually read what I wrote. You use whatever your therapist recommends, but eventually you learn to control your thoughts. What is the alternative?

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No youre right that was me responding from a place of hurt, and frustration

I hear you but i feel powerless to change my thoughts

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You are not powerless. You are probably looking at the whole lot and it's easier to take things in small parts. When you are having negative thoughts try to do something that engages your mind a little. Get up and move your body.Play some music and dance, or take a shower and sing, clean the fridge. It will loosen your body, help you to relax, and put your mind in a different place. It's a good idea to think of things to do before you are feeling bad. Have a list and share it, I need new ideas.Pam

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Sorry I did not mean to be harsh, but the only way out of it is to change your thoughts. We have to take control of our thoughts that is were the problem is, Be responsible look for ways to do this books, self help programs, hypnosis, meditation. release methods. read posts on the forum, etc, it is endless what you can do to help your self. RAY

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Not that easy sir.

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That's a pat answer.

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As you think so shall you be

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We actually don't need proverbs here.

Evidently you're clueless about suicide thoughts.

Think about that.

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read my profile please my frind

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You put it off until the next day. The next day you wake up in the morning and decide today isn't going to be the day though tomorrow might. I have successfully put it off for over 30 years by doing this.

The other thing I do is trawl suicide sites looking for painless ways to do it and by the time I realise there aren't any, and read other's stories I am put right off the idea until next time. It works for me and it might for you.

The point about making the decision early every morning is that it leaves the day free from worry and enables you to enjoy and experience it more fully. x

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My Mother was an ER nurse and she used to tell me of the unsuccessful suicide attempts that she experienced. People who did things that left themselves paralyzed or brain dead , you get the idea. It always gave me second thoughts. Pam

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Yuck! I know a woman who jumped in a suicide attempt and ended up just losing a leg. Another one also jumped and ended up as a paraplegic. x

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Make myself useful to somebody else by volunteering. It helps me to remember that I deserve to be here. I walk in nature and take time to appreciate it. There is always hope and beauty in this World. Just look for it.

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By finding distractions and keeping your mind as active as you can .. Absorb yourself in something you like to do

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I remind myself that it's just a thought and that I have total control of my thoughts.

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I tell myself I will do it tomorrow instead, and go to sleep, because you can’t do anything in your sleep. You are safe. If I can’t sleep I tell myself “everything will be better when I fall asleep, I just have to go to sleep”. Then once you wake up in the morning, whatever you were thinking about the night before, isn’t normally as big of a problem.

Good luck and stay safe x

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I use total distraction (such as forcing myself to go the gym, forcing myself to go to classes etc) during the day. Sometimes I discuss my suicidal feelings with appropriate people which can help release the shame and the stress but I don't discuss with most people. I just join in a normal conversation. I also use the "sleep " thing a lot. I am safe when I am asleep but each day I wake up to the same feelings and it is exhausting and difficult. I also try the 24 hour rule if I am very close. I give it 24 hours and then rethink. I often feel like it but other factors such as fear (as hypercat says there's no pain free or foolproof method; you may try and then end up very disabled (just look on some of the disability forums and how they got their disabilites such as brain damage; not all of them but some, and this frightens me enough not to try). So basically I use anything and everything I can to stay safe but it is completely exhausting and an endless battle at the moment.

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I called 111 (free even from mobile) and talked to a lovely and friendly female nurse for an hour. That was the start because I needed someone to talk to desperately, and she was very nice and patient with me. I went to see a doctor out of hours the same day as a result. I got given anti-depressants medication straight away after my appointment. I came here to talk to like minded people and to find some positivity and try to feed off of it. I have had an astounding response, and now I am feeling all right again now and I am going to talk to NHS mental health professionals next month. I still wish I did not feel alone all the time, but I think the medication is helping me deal with that now. That is how I dealt and am dealing with it! You have to find the strength to reach out and let the professionals that can help you - grab you and pull you out of the deep hole you are in, because these people do not know until you shout loud enough that you desperately need help. All we can do on here is offer our support and love via words, and wish we could physically help! x

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Sorry lalaxd I was harsh with my reply, I have sent you a message, and will try to help you. Love from Ray.

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I feel for you, I really do....Sometimes, when you are in a "not so bad place" it is easy to tell others to try and be a bit more positive but for the person who is feeling it, it IS easier said than done.

I went through my own set of "crap" and things happened to make my life better and so I thought I was in a good place and when this also didnt work out I was left yet again feeling low and despondent..I stopped drinking months ago and at the weekend I had one glass of wine, which led to another and well you can guess the rest...and I only done this because I thought "whats the point". Today and yesterday I got up and put on whatever clothes I could find and went walking for over 2 hours. I find the fresh air helps me but does not necessarily get rid of the horrible feeling in the pit of your stomach, or the pain in your head. I have been finding myself having these thoughts a lot too but my problem is that I just dont have the courage to do it "today".... I CANT sleep and would just love some peace in my life but my brain refuses to switch off. And you know what they say about not being able to sleep, you never see things the same way as when you have been well rested....

Nobody can tell you how to feel or how to manage your thoughts. I think when you are as low as this the only thing you can do is try and aim to do one SMALL thing at a time because when you feel this low even making a cup of tea or washing your face is a BIG thing and too much effort. You need to start with the baby steps again...

I hope you start feeling better soon and rest assured you are certainly not on your own with how you feel...XXXX

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I just think “not today”, I’m not sure if that is me being strong or weak though.

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I just sometimes wish I had the courage....

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Hi lalxd,

Check out this information on the Mind UK website, especially their tips on self-help: mind.org.uk/information-sup...

t's is important to get professional medical advice from your GP or local mental health team. Keep the communication channels open with them and those you feel you can trust to share how you are feeling and thinking.

Check out Pinned Posts section for free mental health guides.

Keep handy our International Crisis Support Helplines:https://healthunlocked.com/mental-health-support/posts/private/135251825/crisis-support-helplines-uk-usa-and-international

Or if you live in the UK:

The Samaritans Tel: 116 123 [24 hours line]

NHS: 999 [Emergencies]

NHS 111 [Non-Emergencies]

MIND UK charity: Helpline Tel: 0300 123 3393 info@mind.org.uk Text: 86463 mind.org.uk/information-sup...

SANEline Tel: 0300 304 7000 [4.30pm – 10.30pm daily] sane.org.uk/

Stay safe! We are listening and want to support you.

Best wishes,

MAS Nurse

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My Therapist is teaching me this process called Thought Stopping, where you replace a negative thought with a positive one. It's not easy and takes a lot of time and practice to achieve, but it does work. I still have trouble with it at times. I also stimm (rock back and forth), but I'm also Autistic. It does help calm me down and relax, though. Try practicing meditation, breathing techniques, try to force yourself to do what you enjoy, a hobby of yours, make sure you get out of the house and always try to surround yourself with good people. Talk to someone, us if you need or want to. We are all just a message away. I hope this helps, hun. Have a good day if you can.

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